Kayak the fiji coral reefs, a pacific island paddling jewell

Camp out

We provide everything you need to sleep out in Fiji

Active Adventure

Kayaking, walking and snorkel on this adventure

Wildlife Encounters

Finding amazing animals is a highlight on this tour

tropical fiji

Discover history, culture while you visit local villages 

Experience Overview

Location: yasawa, fiji

Duration: 9 Days

Price: from $4630 

quick itinerary

  • Day 1 – Pre trip breifing and overnight at Nadi hotel 
  • Day 2 – Boat to Tavewa Island afternoon instruction paddle and set up for the expedition 
  • Day 3 – 7 Kayak through island chains
  • Day 8 – padding into the barefoot manta resort 
  • Day 9 – day at resort with opportunity to snorkel with manta rays, return to Nadi

Upcoming Dates 

  • 2024 Oct 6 – 14
  • 2025 Sep 24 – Oct 2 

Features & Highlights

  • Culture – friendliest people in the world
  • Kayak incredible coral reef passes
  • Breathtaking snorkeling opportunities
  • The creature comforts of 2 hotel nights 
  • ‘Bucket List’ wildlife encounters, like mantas and turtles
  • Expert guides with extensive local knowledge and great cooking skills!
  • Unparalleled sunsets

Join region x on an ultimate fiji adventure!

Fiji is an archipelago made up of 330 islands with a coastline of over 1129 kilometres; the perfect island paradise for a sea kayak trip! The Yasawa group is a chain of 16 islands located north-west of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. On the Yasawa Tropical Kayak Expedition, our group of paddlers will spend six days kayaking along the Yasawa archipelago, staying in small island villages, camping on remote beaches and finishing with a night at a picturesque resort.

Days will be spent exploring the palm-fringed coastline by kayak, snorkelling tropical reefs and on the last day of the trip, an opportunity to swim with manta rays. This itinerary is suitable for those with prior paddling experience and fit, active beginners who are keen for an adventure.

Fiji Region X

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Nadi. If arriving by an international fight today, the group hotel will provide a free airport to hotel transfer. The trip briefing with your guide is held at 8pm in the hotel. If your flight arrives after this, please advise our office. The briefing lasts for approximately one hour and it’s a good idea to eat dinner prior to the meeting. All your luggage may be taken with you to our base on Tavewa Island. Dinner tonight is not included.

Day 2: After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to Denarau marina for the 8.45am boat to the islands. The Yasawa Flyer, the boat servicing The Yasawas, is a 267-passenger catamaran. All luggage can be taken with you on the boat, but please keep your valuables on your person during the journey.

It’s a good idea to bring some snacks and reading matter for the approximate five hour, 72 kilometre trip to Tavewa Island. On arrival into the Blue Lagoon, the The group transfers from the Yasawa Flyer to our base on Tavewa by a small boat. The combination of reefs, close island grouping and shallow waters create the stunning aqua colours for which this area is known. Our base camp has a dining bure (hut) and grassy campsites to pitch a tent. After customising the kayaks and getting acquainted with the expedition gear, we’ll have an orientation paddling session in the lagoon. Your guide will issue watertight bags to carry your personal gear during the kayak trip. The bags are between 25–35 litres in volume (about 2/3 the size of a pillowcase). Luggage that you don’t require while kayaking will be stored and then transported to you at Barefoot Manta resort at the end of the trip. Watching the sunset from the beach, followed by a delicious tropical dinner, is a great way to end the first day in the islands. B • L • D / CAMPING


Day 3: After a hearty breakfast, we load the kayaks and paddle 15km to Navotua village. With favourable tides, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and swim where fringing reefs run directly off the beach. After rounding the point of Nacula Island we head for Navotua. The villagers of Navotua are particularly friendly and the special warmth and reception we receive has made it our favourite spot. There will be time for a snorkel and to explore the village and surroundings before dinner. B • L • D / CAMPING

Day 4: Today we paddle to the caves at Sawa-I-Lau, a scenic island with sharp limestone peaks and salt-water caves that make for fascinating exploring. Continue paddling to an uninhabited island with great snorkelling before returning to Navotua village (paddle distance approximately 11 kms). We round out the day with afternoon entertainment provided by the village and an invitation to join the chief for a social kava party in the evening (kava is a non alcoholic drink with mild, numbing effects). B • L • D / CAMPING

Day 5: Farewelling Navotua, we paddle back to Tavewa Island, exploring the outer coastline, if weather permits, and the many inlets and bays of Nacula en route. Paddle distance is about 15 kms. Return to our base on Tavewa Island. B • L • D / CAMPING

Day 6: Today we pack our snorkelling gear and picnic lunch and head off to explore the inner reaches of the Blue Lagoon, just off Matacawalevu Island. We seek the best coral reefs, explore a delightful maze of sandbars and time permitting, visit the local primary school before returning to Tavewa. Paddling distance today is approximately 15 kms. Tonight we repack for the southern leg of the journey. Luggage not required while kayaking will be transferred to Barefoot Manta resort.   B • L • D / CAMPING

Day 7: We’ll aim for an early start as we head south along the island chain. Our paddling route takes us past Matacalevu and along the length of Yaqueta Island. We cross Bligh Strait to the large island of Naviti. Our overnight stop will be a remote beach camp. Paddling distance today is approximately 20 kms.


Day 8: We continue our paddle along Naviti Island, stopping for a swim or snorkel en route to Barefoot Manta resort on Drawaqa Island. On arrival, we’ll settle into our island accommodation and enjoy a relaxed tropical dinner at the resort’s restaurant. Paddling distance is approximately 15 kms.


Day 9: Today the group will have the opportunity to snorkel with the magnificent manta rays that feed in the narrow channel between Drawaqa and Naviti Islands, an amazing experience and a highlight of the trip. After lunch it’s time to farewell your guides before departing on the Yasawa Flyer at 3pm. The Flyer arrives at Denarau Marina in Nadi at approximately 6.00pm. Trip concludes.



Sunset Pizza paddle

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Please note: this tour ordinarily requires a minimum of 4 participants to run. If you wish to book with less than 4 people, please contact Region X to discuss your options. These may include a private tour, or joining another trip or activity.

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